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Locals baffled by crossings at roundabouts

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Last week’s article on placing pedestrian crossings directly after roundabouts certainly seems to have struck a chord with a number of locals, many of whom took to Facebook to voice their shared concerns over the issue. I’m glad I’m not the only one scratching my head at the practice. I talked specifically about the one at Cleeney but readers have highlighted others. Many feel as though they’re an accident waiting to happen.

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Jonathan McCarthy: It is baffling. I think the one out near SuperValu is probably more dangerous as cars tend to be travelling faster.

Lyndsey Morgan: I’m glad I’m not the only person to wonder this. I’ve never seen it in Wales, and can’t see the logic in them being so close. I’ve very often seen people driving through red lights as they are accelerating from the extremely busy junctions there. It’s deadly. I’ve often said something bad is going to happen there.

Alan Kavanagh: I travel a lot around the country with my job and only see this in Kerry. It’s dangerous. Why would you put it at a roundabout?

Philip O’Brien: Pass here everyday. The amount of times cars just run the red lights is nuts. Seen so many near misses of people nearly getting knocked down by reckless drivers.

Angela Lyne: There's a pedestrian crossing out by Aldi that is about 50 metres from the roundabout and people barely use it. They still cross at the roundabout. A footbridge would be a good idea but would people use it?

Shane Doona: Well done Adam for writing a piece on these terrible pedestrian crossings in this town. The one in particular by Daly’s is an accident waiting to happen. I use it going to and coming from work and it’s a nightmare. Drivers fail to stop. Only a matter of time before someone gets badly hurt.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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